President Obama does not believe that people have done anything on their own. He does not believe a person can make it from point A to point B without the assistance of someone else to help them get there. This is why Obama believes in higher taxes and big government. He truly believes the government can make better decisions for the people than the people can make for themselves.
So, he sure as heck better have meant it.
We should be arguing over whether what he said was true, not if he meant it. He said it, he affirmed it, he said it continuously, he meant it.
businesses didnt build roads or utilities that people use every day, which is what Obama was referring to.
This is dumb why are we arguing about what he said in one of his speeches.
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
This is the most taken out of context quote I have ever seen. He was talking about the roads and the infrastructure and everything that had happened before that business was created, to allow it to be created. He didn't say Romney didn't build Bain Capital. He was saying that Romney didn't build the infrastructure and all that stuff.
He meant "you didn't build schools and roads".
At least not in the way everybody seems to think he did, which is to say that no one did any work when creating a business. But yes, he did mean that no, you didn't do all the work by yourself, in other words you did not build roads, education, tax policy, etc. Which is true. And ought to be fairly uncontroversial.